Before Christmas gets too far in the distance I wanted to share the gifts I made for people.
This is the one time of year that I feel like I really get to be creative and do the projects that I've been wanting to do all year long. Crafting is quite a bit more difficult with two little guys and I was pretty much making everything after they went to bed, having to clean up everything before I could call it a night myself. Regardless, it's still a lot of fun and a major stress buster for me.

I love coming up with projects that suit each person and I like to think about each person using their gift while I craft the night away.

For the guys I made most of the treats that I mentioned in this post.
It sounded like they all loved them.

This year's wrapping:
(note to self: get a stamp made that says "{CB^3}")
Utensil crock and dipped spoons for my sister- in-law:
Chalkboard wine glasses for my sister:
(I thought these would be perfect for the wine parties they have quite often)
quick tip: use a pencil sharpener to give chalk a nice writing point!
A chalkboard hors d'oeuvres plate also for my sister:
A chalkboard for my mom:
Homemade granola for Chris' mom:
(I didn't get a picture of it all wrapped up, so this picture is an oldie but a goodie. To get my granola recipe click here.)
And I also made a few pom bookmarks for people.
They are so easy I thought that I'd post a little tutorial for you guys!
(get original tutorial here.)

*Grab sharp scissors and yarn.
-cut one 15 inch-long string
-cut one 10 inch-long string
(set the two strings aside for now)

1. Take the end of the yarn and wrap it around three fingers 90 times. You can do more if you want your pom super full. It doesn't need to be wrapped neatly, but just make sure it's not too tight or else you won't be able to take it off of your fingers.
2. Cut the yarn and gently slide it off of your fingers. Lay it over the 10 inch piece of yarn and tie a knot as tight as you can (without breaking it) around the middle of your 90 loops.
3. Tie one end of the 15 inch piece of yarn directly over the one you just tied. The long end will be the tail that will act as the actual bookmark.
4. Holding one side of your yarn ball, slide your scissors into the loops on the opposite side. Cut the loops over the garbage can, because it makes a huge mess. Make sure you get them all. Holding the tail, do the same to the other side and trim it up to make them all even, this is what really makes it into a ball. Be careful to not cut the long tail!

And there you have a super cute bookmark!

Did you guys make any gifts this year?
I've already started collecting ideas for next year!

Happy Weekend Friends!


  1. Whim Wham Life on January 14, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    I made a few little things for my friends, but nothing too crazy (or as genius as you!). Next year I'm reaching for the DIY stars though! xoxo

  2. Kira on January 14, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    I now hate the container my utensils are in because that one is 100 times cuter. Also, I love the bookmarks. I may need to make a few :)


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